OBITUARY: Stephen W. Winchell, 64

Below is an obituary from Cota Funeral Homes:

WILMINGTON, MA — Stephen W. Winchell, affectionately known as Big W and Winch, beloved husband of Denise (Dorval) Winchell, passed away on Monday, May 1st, 2023, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Woburn, he is son of the late Robert and Marjorie (Boomer) Winchell.

A lifelong resident of Wilmington, Stephen grew up and graduated from Wilmington High School, class of 1977. A proud high school athlete and Wilmington High School Hall of Famer, Stephen excelled in soccer, basketball and spring track. After graduated, he attended Boston University and Westfield College. He and his high school sweetheart, Denise, married and raised their family in Wilmington. Stephen was a talented engineer, skilled craftsman and inventor. An extremely hard worker, he successfully owned and operated his own business, Timberline Wood Workers as a general contractor; where Stephen was known for his attention to detail and gifted creativity.

Stephen never wasted any free time. He could be found on the golf course with friends, skiing, spending time on Long Lake or Sebago, whether it be on a boat or fishing, riding his Harley or fixing his cars, he was always busy. Stephen would be first to try new things, learn about space, history and the weather; listening to good music or watching a movie, he made the most out of life. When it came for down time, game nights were always welcome or a cold beer and football on t.v. would be just fine.

Stephen was the type of person that people would gravitate to. He was hilariously funny and did not take himself too seriously. Stephen was honest and loyal; a loving husband, devoted father and dear friend to many. He lived for his family. Stephen will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

In addition to being the beloved husband of Denise, he is the devoted father of Brittany Winchell and her boyfriend Dennis Tully of Wilmington and Michele Winchell and her boyfriend Nick Soares of Dartmouth. Cherished brother and best friend of Mark R. Winchell of Wakefield. Beloved brother in law of Robert Dorval and his wife Wendy, Donna Dombrowski and her husband Kevin, loving uncle of Morgan Murphy and her husband Dan, Paige Queenan and her husband Ryan, Brooke Dorval, Danielle McLaughlin and her husband Patrick, Nicole Dombrowski and many loving great nieces and nephews. Stephen will also be remembered by his many close friends and people he has been close with his with his entire life.

Family and friends are cordially invited to celebrate Stephen’s Life at the Cota Funeral Home, 335 Park St., North Reading (Corner of Rt. 28 and Park St. at the Reading Line) on Tuesday, May 9th, 2023 from 3 to 7pm.

Stephen’s family kindly asks that instead of sending flowers, please make a donation in his memory to the Maine Lakes Environmental Association at or to a Charity of One’s Choice.

For information, directions and to leave an online condolence, please visit

Stephen Winchell

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